Speaking of Sean Cody… It seems clear from the texts that were released as part of the federal indictment against porn star Jarec Wentworth, a.k.a. Teofil Brank, that he is likely guilty of trying to cajole, shall we say, more than a few dollars from wealthy gay businessman Donald Burns. But will the jurors’ sympathy be swayed by the idea that Jarec was just a poor but very attractive young man trying to make a buck, and Burns was a rich john who turned petty over a $2000 referral fee?
What came out in the first day of the trial on Tuesday, as Xbiz reports, is that Burns is worth $140 million and that the relationship between Burns and Wentworth “soured” all because one of the Sean Cody models that Wentworth had promised would go have sex with Burns failed to show up, and Wentworth refused to return the referral fee.
As Str8UpGayPorn reports from the courtroom, those referral fees were about $2000 apiece, on top of which Burns would pay the models $1500 to $2500 apiece for their meetings/overnights with him, sometimes engaging multiple models at a time for group sex. Why didn’t he just use Rentboy? Maybe he did, but clearly he had a taste for the harder-to-find (and not typically hooker-ish) fruit.
Maybe part of the problem is that Jarec started getting jealous that this very rich man’s taste for porn stars was not netting him as much money as it was some other hot models whom he procured Burns reportedly spent as much as $200,000 just on “meetings” with Sean Cody’s Ashton alone.
But if all of this went down because Burns, after a couple of years, was being an asshole over $2,000, a lot of us would say yeah, he deserved to be blackmailed a little bit. He could afford it. He apparently also bragged about having his own “ship” built in Vancouver during his testimony.
Oh, but of course, no one deserves to be blackmailed, and my whole take on this case has been that it’s just not all that dramatic or intriguing unless you’re still titillated or scandalized by the idea that porn stars have sex for money outside porn. Like, why would you spend a half million dollars (and an Audi) trying to keep private the fact that you paid for sex? Would Burns’ life or income really change in any way if some porn star went on Twitter and exposed him as a horny old man? He wasn’t in the closet!
And, obviously, even though he tried to keep his name out of the initial federal documents, Burns ultimately set aside his shame and is testifying publicly to the fact that he hired whores, enjoyed having sex with them, and did so all because he was trying to get over a breakup. Fuck, if I had $140 million, I would definitely be trying to get a few of those Sean Cody models to come to my hotel room too.
Burns was cross-examined by the defense today (Wednesday), got all teary, and admitted to a lot of salacious shit, as Str8UpGayporn reports. I’m just curious to see if the defense can paint a picture of Jarec Wentworth not as an evil hooker/pimp, but as a young guy who figured out that he could make hundreds of thousands of dollars off his looks just by having sex with old men, and finding more models for said old man to have sex with.
Update: And, yes, testimony from Justin Matthews a.k.a. Sean Cody’s Taylor, who had a similar relationship to Donald Burns as Jarec did, only proves that Burns was willing to pay a lot of boys for a lot of “friendship.” Also, Justin/Taylor admits under oath that he tried to blackmail Burns for $150,000 too, after hearing about what Jarec was doing.
God this is all so fucking sad.